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Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell [Kindle Edition]

M.C. Beaton
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In her 11th appearance (after 2000's Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam), irrepressible amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin has, alas, lost her sense of humor. Finally married to the love of her life, neighbor James Lacey, Agatha soon realizes that what she hoped would be a happy modern marriage in the idyllic Cotswold village of Carlsey is anything but. First, James explodes with anger when she turns his laundry pink, then expresses vehement disapproval when she serves a Marks & Spencer's prepared lasagna for dinner. Finally, when each is sure the other is having an affair, James goes missing, leaving only blood stains behind. Determined to find him, Agatha and her friend, Sir Charles Fraith, begin an investigation that leads them to the discovery of the body of Melissa Sheppard, James's suspected mistress. Delving into Melissa's past life reveals two ex-husbands and an estranged sister, all with motive to kill. Beaton has been praised for bringing the traditional British cozy into the 21st century, but an up-to-date village setting is not enough. Without the wit and humor of prior outings that made the characters human, Agatha is unforgivably and inappropriately rude and sharp-tongued, the parsimonious Sir Charles is repetitively stingy beyond belief and James is just unreal. Stereotypical minor characters further disappoint. This one is strictly for invested fans. (Dec. 10)(Forecasts, Jan. 8) and the Hamish Macbeth series.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

What makes readers love Agatha Raisin? Is it her jealous rages? Inability to quit smoking? Beady little bearlike eyes? Or perhaps it's her insistence on keeping the silly Raisin name, whatever her marital status. Somehow this cranky middle-aged dame's many flaws only make her more appealing. In her latest adventure, one of the most suspenseful tales in the series, Agatha is struggling to settle into married life with James Lacey. Although they have separate cottages, they still can't manage to get along. Agatha is outraged when James is spotted cozying up to his ex-lover, Melissa, and causes a scene that the small British village of Carsley will not soon forget. Soon after, Agatha finds Melissa dead and James vanished--after leaving some of his blood on the cottage floor. Village tongues wag even harder when Agatha's friend and former lover, Sir Charles Fraith, returns to help her find James and identify Melissa's killer. Among the many joys of all Agatha Raisin adventures are Beaton's sweetly formal prose and her vivid descriptions of colorful villagers. This one, however, adds a crackerjack plot and a delightfully comic ending to the mix, making it clearly the best of the lot. A must for all cozy fans. Jenny McLarin
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 500 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Robinson (1. Juni 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B002RCZAO0
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If read as a standalone, this book would be a two or three-star effort for most readers. But if read in sequence, Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell provides unusually satisfying mysteries to solve and excellent character development that will make you glad you are a fan.

For almost the entire series, Agatha Raisin has been attracted to James Lacey and the idea of having romantic male companionship. It's never quite clear how much is the one attraction versus the other. Agatha's friend, co-detective, and sometime lover, Sir Charles Fraith, has been so concerned that he insisted that Agatha seek an analyst to secure a cure.

In recent series books, James Lacey has become ever more inaccessible and irritating. That tendency reaches its acme in Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell after James and Agatha marry at the end of Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam. James flies off the handle if Agatha shows her usually messy ways (such as by turning his laundry pink by not sorting the colors), her lack of skill in the kitchen (with her preference for cheap microwaved foods), or her smoking. He often storms out without further explanation.

Agatha feels diminished by James's constant disapproval and carping. Beyond that, James is keeping a large secret away from Agatha. Naturally, Agatha is cut to the quick when she learns that others know.

In a fit of pique, Agatha takes on a temporary PR assignment with a local company . . . and drives a deeper wedge into the marriage. James and Agatha are soon living separate lives in their respective cottages . . . and spending time with sympathetic members of the opposite sex, creating even more hurt.

Something has to give and it does.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Textbausteine? 5. August 2013
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Als Urlaubslektüre ist diese Buch gut geeignet. In Serie gekauft und gelesen folgt es einem immer gleichen Schema und scheint unter Verwendung von Textbausteinen geschrieben. Die Formulierungen sind wenig variantenreich.
Nett ist die sich bei den Krimis wiederholende Einführung in die Charaktere der Hauptpersonen und ihr Verhältnis zueinander.
Die Protagonistin badet und raucht ständig, ist aber ganz sympathisch. Ihre Freunde sind sich selbst auch sehr treu. Der Alkoholkonsum ist immens.
Fazit: Nett und unterhaltsam wenn nur ein bis zwei Bücher der Serie gelesen werden. Liest man mehr Bücher, wird's doch sehr stereotyp.
s.a. Murderous Marriage
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Toller Krimi... 6. September 2013
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Einfach toll zum lesen... Witzig und spannend.... ..... .. ... ... ... ... ... .. ... .. .. .. ..
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2.0 von 5 Sternen love from hell 26. August 2013
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M.C,Beaton hat viele Serienhelden oder Heldinnen. Agatha Raisin ist eine davon. Sie war eine erfolgreiche Geschäftsfrau, kommt aber aus ganz einfachen Verhältnissen. Ich weiss jetzt nicht, ist es Absicht des Verfassers, die Handlung und auch die Sprache diesem Umstand anzupassen, oder soll das ein besondere Gag sein. Für mich war es enttäuschend.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Agatha Takes A Trip to Hell and Back 20. Dezember 2001
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The beloved Agatha Raisin has her hands full in this 11th installment of her cozy adventures. Two psychopaths, a wayward husband, and a battle with God Himself spice up Agatha's life as she runs the gamut of emotions from grief to anger.
As a devoted fan of this rascally British matron since she made her first appearance in "Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death," I felt for her as she suffered through an incredibly disastrous marriage to longtime love James Lacey, anguished over his disappearance, and didn't know if he were dead or alive.
In order to solve the mystery surrounding James, Agatha teams up with friend Sir Charles Fraith who retains all the gentlemanly charm yet outright stinginess readers have come to expect. Old friends like Mrs. Bloxby, Bill Wong, and Ron Silver also appear as Agatha tries to come to terms with the mess James has made of her life.
Be prepared for some laugh-out-loud moments as Agatha's rudeness and irritability lead to some comic moments with suspects as well as the parents of Bill Wong whom we met in earlier adventures.
Longtime fans will stand up and cheer as a stronger, more secure Agatha emerges at book's closing. The only question I had while reading was the same one I have had in all the books so far....just what does she see in James Lacey?
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4.0 von 5 Sternen If you're a staunch fan, this book will entertain, if not... 27. November 2001
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Whether or not you enjoy this latest Agatha Raisin mystery novel is going to depend on just how much affection you have for Agatha, and how much of a fan you are of this series and M. C. Beaton's style of writing. I'll admit to be a staunch Agatha Raisin fan, so my feelings about the latest Agatha Raisin mystery novel are probably a little biased. If you're curious about how Agatha and James' relationship will pan out, then this latest novel, "Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell" will probably entertain; however if you're looking for a really good 'cozy' murder mystery set in the country, this book may be a bit of a disappointment.
Agatha and James are finally married. But it's turning out to be the marriage from hell, as James constant criticism wears away at Agatha's self assurance and leaves her miserable. Their fights are grist mill for the village, and matters go from bad to worse when James suddenly sets up a flirtation with one of his old flames, Melissa Shepherd. And then James disappears, his house is in a mess, and there is a blood stain at the doorstep. And Agatha finds herself to be the chief suspect in her husband's disappearance. Worried about James and determined to clear her name, Agatha sets out to find James, but stumbles across Melissa's dead body instead. And now Agatha has find James and prove that he had nothing whatsoever to do with Melissa's murder. Has James's disappearance anything to do with Melissa's murder? Where can James have got to? And is he still alive? Grimly, Agatha clings to the hope of finding James alive as she begins one of the most important investigations of her life.
Mystery wise, this latest Agatha Raisin mystery novel is a little frustrating. The plot does not unfold smoothly, but in a rather circuitous manner instead, that almost mirrors Agatha's depressed and numb frame of mind. Agatha and her sleuthing friend, Sir Charles Fraith, move to and fro between suspects, uncovering bits of information that paint a rather alarming picture of Melissa, but which land them no closer to a solution to the problem at hand, until the last few chapters where Agatha makes an intuitive guess and hits the jackpot. Entertaining perhaps, but the solution blindsided me -- perhaps I should have read the book more carefully. On the other hand, I've been dying to see how the marriage between James and Agatha would pan out, and how long it would take before Agatha admitted to herself that James did not have what it took to make an ideal husband. Some fans have complained that Beaton had changed James from a charming and distinguished man to a short tempered fiend. However, James has never really treated Agatha well, even in the first few books. So that his descent into husband from hell did not really surprise me. I just kept waiting for Agatha to wake up before it was too late.
What makes "Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell" so very, very readable, is of course its heroine. Fractious, yet endearing, one cannot help but hope that Agatha will find the happiness and companionship she so desperately craves. And Beaton's ironic prose style frames Agatha's quest for happiness brilliantly. And this is what will definitely propel me into reading the next Agatha Raisin mystery novel.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A fun fast read 6. Februar 2002
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Agatha has finally married James Lacy, the man of her dreams. But, all is not as rosy as she would like. James and Agatha have retained their separate cottages, and James complains about everything Agatha does, her makeup, clothes, hair, and cooking. Anyone who has read any of these books, knows Agatha can't cook and the other things are part of her. Rightfully, she is depressed and confused. Then, James starts to spend alot of time with a local divorcee, Melissa Sheppard, and she suspects him of having an affair. He thinks she has restarted her affair with Sir Charles. They have a couple of blowout fights in front of the whole village. Agatha takes her life back and takes a temporary public relations job. James is furious and they are barely speaking. Then one night, James is missing, there's blood on his doorstep, and Melissa is found dead in her house. James of course is the main suspect with Agatha a close second. Agatha knows that she did not do it, and of course James didn't, so naturally she and Charles have to find James and the killer.
This was an incredibly fast read, and one of the best of the series, so far. I definitely recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Death of A Proofreader? 23. Januar 2002
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Please don't over-analyze Agatha - the charm of Agatha Raisin lies in her utter lack of it. Pugnacious and relentless Agatha loves life as she sees it and changes what does not suit. Her ambition to marry her neighbor James Lacey has been realized but happily ever after has not. This reader has often thought a duplex or the house next door might be an excellent aid to domestic harmony, but Agatha manages to annoy and isolate herself and drive her new husband into the arms of another woman. Or, did she? When James turns up missing, the overly thrifty Sir Charles Firth joins Agatha to solve the mystery. As they chase about the lovely Cotswolds, Agatha and Charles come upon some amazing characters as she investigates and simultaneously handles a successful PR campaign, makes a new rock band famous and raises a bundle for the Carsley Church.
Ms. Beaton delivers a light hearted anti-romance-mystery, sketches a wonderful sense of place, some totally odd ball characters, gets the dialogue just right and does it neatly and concisely - with humor and delight. However, the book could have been proofed a lot better. Or is that just an idea for the next book?
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Time flies when you're having fun... 8. Juni 2003
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but drags when you're in misery, which Agatha seem to be. Agatha is a little bet testy in this fare. She's more apt to take offense at the least thing said. But who could blame her? Her marriage to James, a dream fulfulled, has turned into a nightmare. James nags at this, he nags at that. Agatha doesn't seem to be able to do anything right. All this nagging leads to public displays between James and Agatha. The final straw comes when Agatha finds that James has confided in ex-flame Melissa, a secret that will have a great impact on James' life. Agatha has had enough, but matters are taken out of her hands when James disappears and then his ex-flame is found murdered. Could these two events be connected? Agatha, with the help of Charles embark on a journey into Melissa's life to see who would have wanted her dead. Along the way, Agatha hopes to find clues to where James can be found. She wants to settle things with James once and for all. A nice book to lose yourself in on these hot summer days.
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